A new era of dining at the Palliser, Hawthorn Dining Room & Bar re-defines the Calgary culinary experience with sociables and family-style dining from Alberta’s most trusted producers, farmers and suppliers.
The grand lobby bar embraces guests, perfect for after work drinks and a night shared with friends. The dining room offers a modern vintage experience in a comfortable setting with a rotating menu and carefully crafted wine list.
Paying homage to the past, whilst looking forward to the future - the new space sets the stage for old stories to be told and new memories to be made.
Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Manager, Fairmont Palliser
Eraj Jayawickreme better known as “e” realized his love for cooking at a tender age of 10, he was brought up by his parents to value food and hard work. He was enthralled by the TV cooking shows of the early 90’s. He bugged his parents to allow him to cook, but being wary of a youngster burning down the kitchen he was only allowed to use an electric skillet. His love for all things food grew as he got older, and he told his parents that he wanted to be a chef one day at the age of thirteen.
He has had the opportunity to open and run his own restaurant. With a unique interpretation of the “Modern” kitchen focusing on organization, discipline and being team oriented Eraj is able to nurture talent and passion out of young and mature employees. Eraj pulls off classic Canadian flavours with grace, intelligence and admirable lightness of touch.
Hawthorn General Manager
Ian started his Food & Beverage Leadership Career with Sunshine Village in Banff, Alberta, in 2002 to 2007 as the Food, Beverage and Events Manager. In 2007, Ian joined Fairmont Banff Springs as an Outlet Manager. While Ian was at Fairmont Banff Springs, he was a part of the opening team task force for Fairmont Pacific Rim. In 2011, he joined Rush Restaurant as General Manager. Since 2014, Ian has created and managed a Restaurant Consulting company by the name 4top.
Ian has a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Economics. Ian also has a Certificate in Hospitality Management with Cornell University.
Executive Chef, Hawthorn Dining & Bar
Dave has over 12 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Dave started his career at the Opus Hotel in Vancouver and in 2009 relocated to Calgary where he began working as Chef de Partie at the iconic Rush restaurant. Dave was quickly promoted to Sous Chef, followed by Executive Chef. After several years in Calgary, he relocated to Montreal and wrote the Omakase tasting menu for Park restaurant.
In 2017, Dave worked as Corporate Executive Chef at Murrieta’s where he oversaw operations in both Calgary and Canmore.
Dave was awarded Calgary’s Gold Medal Plate in 2014 and 2018.